Elderly woman robbed during staged car crash

(KTLA) -- Police in Orange County are looking for two men who allegedly bumped into the back of a woman's car in a staged crash and then robbed her when she got out to exchange insurance information.

The incident began about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, when a 69-year-old woman was driving in the parking lot of the Imperial Spa in Garden Grove. A gray Jaguar bumped her car from behind. After the crash, two men got out of the car and approached the woman, but would not give her their insurance information.

The Seal Beach Police Department, which is investigating, said the woman did not have all of her insurance information so she agreed to let the suspects follow her to her home. On the way, she changed her mind and instead pulled into the Ayres Hotel in Seal Beach.

Police said while talking to one of the men at the hotel, the other man grabbed her. The woman ran into the hotel lobby, leaving her car behind. Upon returning, she found her purse had been stolen.

"It does appear that it was a staged accident. ... Given the circumstances afterward, I think it's fair to make that inference," Seal Beach police Sgt. Michael Henderson told KTLA.

The two men fled in the Jaguar.

The first suspect was described as black man in his mid-20s, standing 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The second suspect was described as a black man in his mid-20s, standing 6 feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He was wearing a short-sleeve white shirt with an unknown logo and blue jeans.

The suspects' car was described as a possibly older, gray, Jaguar four-door sedan with a broken right rear brake light.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call Detective Jeff Gibson at 562-799-4100, ext. 1109.

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